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Espinoza receives Mexico’s Ohtli Award
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Espinoza receives Mexico’s Ohtli Award

[caption id="attachment_24581" align="alignleft"]mariano-award-photocropped cropMariano Espinoza, with Ohtli Award[/caption]Mariano Espinoza, Latino Community Specialist, is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico. Awarded annually, the Ohtli Award is the highest honor for a civilian living outside Mexico and acknowledges and celebrates the commitment, vision and impact of an individual on the Mexican or Latino community.

FUNdraising Good Times: Waiting for a windfall
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FUNdraising Good Times: Waiting for a windfall

[caption id="attachment_24532" align="alignleft"]stockvault-america104111stockvault.net[/caption]You’ve written the perfect proposal. You submitted it on time. Perhaps you carefully reviewed the guidelines and found that your organization is a perfect match for what the foundation is seeking to achieve through its grantmaking. Or maybe a program officer reached out and personally asked your organization to submit. Maybe your nonprofit or university has received consistent funding over the years, and you have submitted your annual request – on time, of course. But you haven’t heard a word.

Advice on handling door-to-door solicitors
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Advice on handling door-to-door solicitors

[caption id="attachment_24530" align="alignleft"]canstockphoto5322357canstockphoto[/caption]Summer is almost here, and solicitors offering asphalt services and magazine subscriptions – among other products and services – will be making the rounds and may well wind up on your doorstep. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) reminds people to stay alert and have a plan in place when it comes to door-to-door solicitors.

FUNdraising Good Times: Your fantasy celebrity board
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FUNdraising Good Times: Your fantasy celebrity board

[caption id="attachment_24372" align="alignleft"]stockvault-painting153961stockvault.net[/caption]If you could have any five celebrities on your nonprofit board, who would you pick?

Visualize yourself as chair of the board of a nonprofit you believe in. Maybe it’s a university, an early childhood education center, a food bank, international research institute, or performing arts company. You pick the nonprofit – and the board members!

BBB advice for finding apartments, rental properties
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BBB advice for finding apartments, rental properties

accred bus 7469-under-50kWarmer temperatures are here, students are  moving out of dorms and people of all ages have begun the process of searching for new apartments or rental properties. Whether you’re a student, relocating for work or simply looking for a new living space that better accommodates your needs, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) reminds people it’s important to consider a wide variety of factors.

FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising and basketball
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FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising and basketball

[caption id="attachment_24294" align="alignleft"]stockvault-playing-basketball99531stockvault.net[/caption]Part two of a two part series

It’s that time of year – basketball every night! The games get better and better. Fans are loyal, excited and stressed. People on the east coast stay up way too late. Everyone is wearing their team’s logo. The playoffs are on! If you’re a fundraising fanatic you are inspired as you imagine your fundraising team performing with the precision of your favorite basketball team.

The Saint Paul Foundation announces 75th Anniversary Racial Equity Grant Program
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The Saint Paul Foundation announces 75th Anniversary Racial Equity Grant Program

[caption id="attachment_24203" align="alignleft"]0513 rhodescarleen stpaulfoundation-304Carleen Rhodes[/caption]The Saint Paul Foundation recently announced a new grant program designed to raise awareness of the work nonprofits are doing to end racial disparities – and enable them to carry out and/or deepen their racial equity work. Government entities and nonprofit organizations may apply for grants of up to $75,000 from a total grant pool of $300,000.

FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising and basketball
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FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising and basketball

[caption id="attachment_24201" align="alignleft"]stockvault-ball-in-a-basket99532stockvault.net[/caption]Part one of a two part series

Recent columns have focused on questions for employers to ask prospective fundraising employees, and questions for interviewees to ask their interviewers. Our goal: to help all parties understand the critical role of fundraising professionals and what it takes for them to be successful. As a nonprofit executive – or as the person in charge of fundraising for an organization – you need to know what to look for in a candidate when hiring. And, as a fundraising professional you have to know how to ask questions that will reveal whether or not you are joining a fundraising team or if you will be expected to be a miracle worker.

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